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The 2023 Sundance Film Festival has been scheduled to take place in-person and online


The 2023 Sundance Film Festival is officially coming to reality after two years of being online-only due to the pandemic. 

The historic media event is currently set to run from the 19 to the 29th of January, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

However, fans wanting to catch the new films online still can, as it was revealed the festival will be operating both online and in-person in its longtime home of Park City, Utah.

Back on: The dates for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, which will take place in a hybridized format, have officially been announced to the public

The Hollywood Reporter noted that ‘the extent to which the festival programming will be available virtually is still being decided.’

The Sundance Film Festival’s director, Tabitha Jackson, gave a statement to the media outlet to express that the event’s team was happy to return to a partially in-person setting. 

‘We can’t wait to return to our home in Park City and present exciting new work from around the world live and in person,’ she said.

Jackson went on to express that the festival’s organizers had fully embraced the idea of operating in a hybridized format.

So excited: The Sundance Film Festival's director, Tabitha Jackson, gave a statement to the media outlet to express that the event's team was happy to return to a partially in-person setting; she is seen in 2019

So excited: The Sundance Film Festival’s director, Tabitha Jackson, gave a statement to the media outlet to express that the event’s team was happy to return to a partially in-person setting; she is seen in 2019

‘We also have two years of digital exhibition and participation under our collective belt, and are returning to the excitement and immediacy of live events while retaining a powerful online offering,’ she said.

The Sundance Film Festival was initially started in 1978 as the Utah/US Film Festival.

The Sundance Institute was subsequently founded by Robert Redford in 1981, and the event was renamed in 1991.

Over time, the festival became well known for showcasing work from emerging artists, and several directors, including Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Jim Jarmusch, received their big breaks at the event.

Making it clear: Jackson also stated that 'we also have two years of digital exhibition and participation under our collective belt, and are returning to the excitement and immediacy of live events while retaining a powerful online offering'

Making it clear: Jackson also stated that ‘we also have two years of digital exhibition and participation under our collective belt, and are returning to the excitement and immediacy of live events while retaining a powerful online offering’

Sundance’s in-person events were notably canceled in 2021 due to the onset of the global pandemic.

The event was moved to an online-only format that year, and its program schedule was reduced. 

The festival was expected to return to an in-person setup last year, although plans were shelved due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

The event’s organizers issued a statement where they expressed via The Hollywood Reporter that they felt as if it would be a ‘deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah.’

Tough break: Tough break:

Tough break: The festival was expected to return to an in-person setup last year, although plans were shelved due to the emergence of the Omicron variant

However, they pointed out that, out of an abundance of caution, they would not be moving forward with in-person events. 

‘We do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers, and partners from around the world, for an eleven-day festival,’ they stated.

Sundance’s team then expressed that they were still dedicated to hosting an online event and bringing the film community together.

‘We believe in the transformative power of artists and their work. Today, as we navigate all that the pandemic throws at us we go back to what is certain: Gathering together – in whatever way we can – is profound,’ they stated. 

Keeping it going: Sundance's team then expressed that they were still dedicated to hosting an online event and bringing the film community together

Keeping it going: Sundance’s team then expressed that they were still dedicated to hosting an online event and bringing the film community together



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